Alongside - ships

Ships and submarines are complex pieces of kit, packed with hard-working sailors - all of whom need some time alongside once in a while.

Hectic as a ship or boat's programme can be, there will always be some time alongside at her home port of Faslane, Devonport or Portsmouth, or away in the hands of the engineers for refit and maintenance.

Ships and submarines are complex bits of engineering, and just as your car needs a regular service, the process of upkeep and maintenance for Naval vessels is ongoing and demanding. 

And people need upkeep too; so when a ship is alongside in her home port, the ship's company will be not just looking after their ship, but committed to training and other tasks to keep life on board running smoothly. 

What we are doing

Training and maintaining

Why we are there

To be the best

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

Location UK

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